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Mom's Pickled Beets Recipe
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Mom's Pickled Beets Recipe

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Zesty and fresh-tasting, these bright, beautiful beet slices add spark to any meal. My mouth still begins to water when I think of how wonderful they tasted when Mother prepared them. —Mildred Sherrer, Fort Worth, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 to 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cans (13-1/4 ounces each) sliced beets, undrained
  • Sliced green onions, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (3/4 cup) equals 126 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 713 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the first six ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat; add beets. let stand at room temperature for 1 hour. Transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Cover and chill 6 hours or overnight. Garnish with green onions if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Mom's Pickled Beets in Taste of Home February/March 1997, p35

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Reviewed Sep. 8, 2014

"My go to recipe when my husband wants pickled beets. Perfect for anyone who wants the taste of pickled beets without going to alot of trouble. When I take them to potlucks on a relish tray everyone thinks they are homegrown old fashioned pickled beets!"

Reviewed Jun. 4, 2011

"I've made pickled beets for years, but this recipe is the one I'll be using. I made it with fresh cooked, peeled and sliced beets (3 large). I loved the cooked onion and the pepper in it (wasn't sure if I would). Great recipe!"

Reviewed Nov. 22, 2010

"These were delicious! My mom used to make pickled beets and none of us knew what her secret was. Since she's not here with us anymore, I turned to Taste of Home. You all have never let me down. (0="

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